It was bitter sweet to hear that Deborah Brown will be closing the little space on Wilson Avenue that has been a home to Storefront Bushwick for over three years. The gallery is, without a doubt, a staple in artsy Bushwick. It has become so popular that its openings have been so packed that the crowd would pour out from the space to the street, resembling a neighborhood block party. Long story short: The party is moving to 324 Ten Eyck because Deborah Brown just bought a huge building and has announced her epic plans for Storefront Ten Eyck - and gave us a tour!
By Allison Galgiani & Katarina Hybenova
While many people will be flocking to Randall’s Island for the second annual Frieze New York Art Fair and the plethora of other fairs that have temporarily infiltrated our fair city, the art galleries of Bushwick/Ridgewood have put together a collaborative Gallery Late Night in honor of the art-centric occasion. This weekend’s installment will prove to be even bigger and more exciting with over FORTY participating galleries spanning across our entire neighborhood! As we take pride in our dear Bushwick and Ridgewood, and congratulate ourselves on its prowess. From 6-10PM come enjoy the gorgeous weather from and check out some fabulous art! Don’t forget to follow the fabulous beta version gallery map!
The art scene in Bushwick is as unique and diverse as its residents. Just as we hate typecasting ourselves, our galleries are both true to their identities yet flexibly push their own boundaries (and ours!) in order to continue to challenge and engage our community’s many faces. This week’s art picks offer an array of themes and medium – from exploration of modern myths to sustainable societies, and from abstraction to interaction – that are guaranteed to entice and excite each of Bushwick’s multiple facets.
A proper Bushwick art addict doesn’t mind heavy snow and/or gusty winds. NYC can expect all this winter craziness to arrive today at 2PM (heavy snow) and tomorrow at 2PM (gusty winds), so I hope you have your warm shoes ready…because you have 5 amazing art shows to shovel your way to through the snow!
Without a doubt one of the most interesting art shows on view in Bushwick right now is no more. The huge plexi monolith at Storefront Bushwick cracked. This site-specific installation by Adam Parker Smith had to be abruptly uninstalled one week before the planned ending of the show. “I was at the gallery yesterday to meet a group of students […], when I noticed huge cracks forming on the monolith,” the gallery owner Deborah Brown emailed us. “I could hear the glass starting to crack and the fissures were spreading. It was alarming because the piece is 9′ high, and it was dangerous,” Deborah continued.
We spotted Frankie the Dog on Friday night in front of Storefront Bushwick. He was appreciating the warmth of the outdoor heater, in a subtle way only a Maltese can: he stuck his pink tongue out, and tilted his head to the right. His owner and a friend Chris Harding, from the English Kills gallery, was nonchalantly discussing art with a couple of friends while Frankie was already planning our route for the night of gallery hopping.
A glance at the list of events this weekend made me scream a little, and when I took a closer look I was screaming for sure. Apologies to my cats and neighbors but this weekend will be EPIC! With Art Basel Miami and Holidays in December, we haven’t seen too many art openings lately. Well, cry no more! Friday will be a big night for art, so have an extra cup of coffee before you go out! After you’re done with all the openings, we suggest some dancing to keep you warm! And not just any dancing, but some proper Bushwick wilderness… Are you ready? Let’s go!
On duty as Dr. Lisa, I joined the annual December pilgrimage to visit the art fairs in Miami last week. Thanks to Katarina’s thorough report, I had a full list of the Bushwickians in Miami that I could follow up with to see if they needed any emotional support from the stresses of showing, selling and seeing art while trying to fit in some partying. When you’re done with this report, scroll down to see the advice I give this person who’s being taken advantage of by a guy who’s a douchebag. All photos are by me, unless otherwise noted.
We are beyond excited to share Bushwick Daily’s first ever video short- aptly entitled “A Night in Bushwick.” We take you for a Friday Night tour of our industrial, artistic, eclectic and ultimately unique neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn. The night included Kittens, Art Galleries, Tacos, House Parties, Indie Music, Dancing & Drinking.
We got our art fix at Sardine Gallery and cruised by Storefront Bushwick. We stuffed our faces at Taquera El Fagon. We visited musician & BD contributor Ana Lola Roman for a house party and some palm reading at 95 Knickerbocker Ave. We then flew over to Living Bread Deli to catch Cassie Ramone of Vivian Girls and chat with the boss of Bushwick’s DIY scene-Todd P. Finally, we found ourselves dizzily ending the night outside Bushwick Borders, taking shots and seeing The Can’t Tells at Delinquency. What a NIGHT. Watch the video to see full, blissful, Bushwick insanity.
To have a normal weekend feels really precious these days. There is no apocalypse on the schedule, just the pure fun of Bushwick life. Normal should not be taken for granted, so let’s be grateful for all the creativity and good people we are surrounded with every day!
Feeling a little nostalgic, I also have to say that here at Bushwick Daily we’ve been collecting and highlighting events for almost two years now. While during the first year we were able to list everything in one short side bar, nowadays we need a special calendar where everyone can list their events because there are just too many things happening every day! Bushwick is maturing and it’s maturing good!
Now let’s take a look at 12 coolest cultural events happening this week!
Weldon Arts, a gallery on Irving Ave that is popular among street artists and other color loving folk, is inviting you tonight to the the opening of Cycle’s Myth, Science, and Color. They are promising a trip through time and unconscious thought. Music will be provided by DJ I-Truth and drinks from Balls Vodka. Oh yeah!